Probably our dullest butterfly - this is a smart one!
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This butterfly has spread its range rapidly westwards in recent years and is now quite common on Portland. On August 19th I'm leading a free 4-hour butterfly workshop around the quarries of Portland. We should see Adonis Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Grayling, Wall, Clouded Yellow and there might even still be some Lulworth Skippers around! We're meeting at 10.00 am at the Heights Hotel, Portland if you can make it.
Interested to hear you say the marks are only obvious on females as in France and Spain, where I am more used to seeing these, I've seen both males and females with the circular pale mark; it is also more a complete circle. The grey/brown colour to the trailing edge is also a distinguishing feature.
For once, an insect named after a place it is often seen!
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Perhaps I should have said "more obvious on females" - the males certainly have them as well.
Dullest butterfly? Have you never seen the Large/Small/Wood white!? :)
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